Franciscan Family Conference
THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE AND THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Two important events are marked during 2016: the anniversary of the date traditionally associated with the granting of the Portiuncula Indulgence, which was inspired by St. Francis’ wish that "everyone be brought to heaven", and the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, inspired by the Pope who bears St. Francis’ name.
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, the official birth of OFS in Myanmar was made. 8 members made their perpetual profession, and 1st local fraternity was canonically established! We thank God for the grace and blessings poured on our OFS in Myanmar!
In the city of Cumbaya, Quito, Ecuador, in the Retreat House "San Patricio", from the 25th through the 29th of May 2016, the "Ninth Latin American Congress OFS-YouFra " has taken place. From the CIOFS Presidency there were present Tibor Kauser, SFO Minister General, ChelitoNuñez, Vice-Minister general OFS, Andrea Odak, Councillor for YouFra, Silvia Diana and Ana Maria Rafo Laos, the Spanish and Portuguese area councilors, Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR, General Assistant SFO-YouFra and Fr. Martin Bitzer, OFMConv, General Assistant OFS-YouFra.
Franciscan Family Conference
World Youth Day 2016
Dear young Franciscans all over the world, may the Lord give you peace!
Our Seraphic Brother Saint Francis showed himself to be a true lover of God's mercy. Finding himself deeply loved by the "Father of Mercies" (Cf. 2 COR 1.3) while still in his youth, the poor man of Assisi allowed this virtue to embrace his life and become in him availability, movement and liberation. Francis himself manifested this dynamism when he writes in his Testament that the Lord led his heart so he could go among the lepers, giving and receiving mercy (Cf. Test 2-3).
The National Fraternity of Dominican Republic has celebrated its National Elective Chapter from the 24th to the 26th of June 2016. The new national minister is our sister María Mejía, the Deputy Minister is our brother Luis Diego Ruiz and the International Councilor our sister Aida López. Congratulations!
New council of Sofia Fraternity elected : see names above. Everything serene and in harmony.
Vesselin Krastev, minister, Elizabetha Bosilokova, vice minister, Anna Ivanova , treasurer, Milka Valova, secretary e Eva Slavcheva , formation
The National Fraternity of Ukraine has celebrated its National Elective Chapter. The new national minister is Natalia Alimis and international councilor is Dina shabalina. Congratulations!
The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).
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